Another Friday and another set of my favorite players to target in cash games tonight on FanDuel.
These picks are all players that I expect to reach value at their respective price points. Typically in cash games, you want to target players that have a high floor, a favorable matchup, and an affordable price point.
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $6200, FPPG: 26.6, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 22.7)
Even with Jarrett Jack back in the lineup, Williams has kept his spot in the starting lineup thanks to his stellar play. Over his last seven games, he has scored at least 31 fantasy points five times. His price is still very reasonable at only $6,200 and he finds himself in a terrific matchup against the Suns, who have allowed the third-most points per game this season. Williams should have his fingerprints all over this game and is a viable target in both cash games and tournaments.
Aaron Brooks, Chicago Bulls (Salary: $4500, FPPG: 17, MPG: 21, Usage Rate: 25.8)
With Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler out for the foreseeable future, Brooks has become a much bigger part of the Bulls offense. His results have been mixed in his first few starts, but Brooks is a terrific scorer with great upside. He should see around 30 minutes of playing time tonight against the Pacers and he is still vastly underpriced at only $4,500. Using a 5x salary value system, Brooks only needs to score 22 fantasy points to reach value.
James Harden, Houston Rockets (Salary: $11000, FPPG: 45.9, MPG: 37, Usage Rate: 30.9)
Harden is the premier play tonight at shooting guard and it’s not even close. He has been on a tear with Dwight Howard out of the lineup, averaging 46 fantasy points per game over his last seven outings. Harden may have an even bigger responsibility on offense if Patrick Beverley and/or Terrence Jones are forced to sit tonight’s game against the Nets.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic (Salary: $7200, FPPG: 28.5, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 24.8)
Oladipo is coming off of a career performance against the Suns. He finished the game with 38 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. He has now scored at least 30 fantasy points in seven of his last 10 games. Oladipo has a very high floor and a high ceiling as well. He also draws a favorable matchup against the Kings, who have allowed more fantasy points to opposing shooting guards than any other team in the NBA this season.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings (Salary: $7400, FPPG: 33.2, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 26.4)
Gay will likely fly under the radar tonight after a disappointing outing against the Spurs on Wednesday night. He is in a great spot to bounce back against the Magic, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards this season. Gay’s price is still depressed, which allows us to buy low on the former All-Star.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (Salary: $7300, FPPG: 31.8, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 22.5)
The Kings are huge favorites tonight at home against the Nuggets. If this game didn’t have the potential to turn into a blowout, Leonard would be the clear-cut number one option at small forward. Unfortunately, that’s not the case though, as the Spurs are 11.5-point favorites tonight. The Nuggets have been awful defensively this season, allowing the fifth-most points per game this season. Even with the potential for a blowout present, the matchup is too good to ignore.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (Salary: $11200, FPPG: 46.3, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 27.2)
Davis must have been studying film while he was out with his shoulder injury, because he looked smarter than everyone else on the floor in his return against the Pistons. He finished with an incredible stat line of 39 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 8 blocks, and 3 steals. In case you were wondering, that equates to 79.7 fantasy points on FanDuel. Davis is the top overall fantasy option tonight against the weak frontcourt of the Celtics.
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz (Salary: $7500, FPPG: 31.7, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 23)
Favors has really played well since the Jazz traded away Enes Kanter. He has scored at least 33 fantasy points in eight of his last 10 games, with his low output during that stretch being 25 fantasy points. With his minutes solidified, Favors is able to offer both a high floor and a high ceiling, making him an appealing play in all league formats. He should be able to rack up the fantasy points against the Sixers, who are ranked 29th against power forwards and 29th in rebounding differential this season.
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards (Salary: $5500, FPPG: 25.9, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 17.8)
DeMarcus Cousins is an excellent play at center, but if you are paying up for a superstar tonight, I’d rather pay up for Anthony Davis. Meanwhile, Gortat has been tremendous over his last six games, averaging 35 fantasy points per contest. His price on FanDuel has yet to reflect his recent level of production, giving us one more opportunity to buy low on the “Polish Hammer.”